When I was growing up, my mother worked at a special education school, and when I was in college, I substitute taught at the school. I also have a number of friends with special needs children, so I’m somewhat familiar with the unique demands placed on the parents. However, I’ve only seen things from my female perspective. I honestly never gave much thought to the impact that a special needs child has on a father. Common Man, Extraordinary Call by Jeff Davidson is a first-hand testimony from a dad’s perspective.

The message of the book can be summarized by a Charles Spurgeon quote in the opening pages, “The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.” This is the theme of Common Man, Extraordinary Call.

Taking a military approach, Jeff breaks the book up into the different stages of a military career including draft, basic training, protect and defend, surviving civilian assault, and marching orders. Each chapter includes Jeff’s transparent acknowledgment of his struggles and of his growth over time. His goal is to encourage young dads and to share with them his wisdom gleaned from twenty years of parenting. He offers advice based on what he wished he’d known and what he learned along the way.

Interspersed through the book are encouragement letters by Jeff’s wife Becky. She shares her observations of how Jeff dealt with the many issues. She, too, offers advice to dads, pointing out what Jeff did that she appreciated.

While the focus of Common Man, Extraordinary Call is specifically dealing with parenting a special needs child, the information that Jeff provides is relevant and useful to anyone struggling with situations they weren’t expecting. Any parent could benefit from reading Jeff’s powerful story.

Social Corner:

Rising Above Ministries Website  (Jeff and Becky’s ministry)





Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian women’s speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture. “God is the Master Storyteller,” says Sharon. “I love helping women see how God is always at work behind the scenes laying the foundation for the glorious future He has in store for us.” Sharon is a firm believer in the power of prayer and has many stories to share of God working in miraculous ways in her own life as well as those around her. She’s passionate about teaching women how to pray and loves engaging with women in personal prayer. Wherever she goes, she finds herself surrounded by women in need of prayer, and she considers it an honor to pray with women whether they’re friends, family, or complete strangers. Sharon has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with women of the Bible and loves applying the biblical stories to modern situations. She teaches a Women Through the Bible study at her church, applying the S.O.A.P. method of scripture study. She especially enjoys delving into lesser known women and discovering encouraging truths for women of today. She recently launched a new podcast where she works her way through the Bible sharing the stories of All God’s Women.

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